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I do not understand how I can refine a mask a second time (in Affinity Photo). To make more clear what I mean, this is what I have done and where I run into problems: 

I made a selection; used it to make a Mask layer; right-clicked on the mask layer and chose Refine mask; made some refinements and chose Apply. So far all good, but now I want to make more refinements, but if I choose Refine mask again, the refinements I made previously seem to be lost. If I press cancel in the Refine Selection panel, then I see the previous refinements are NOT lost, but I cannot figure out how I can apply more refinements, working from the mask that already was partly refined. 

This is driving me crazy, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi @Jop van Heesch,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
This is because the Matte Edges option/checkbox in the top of the Refine Selection dialog is performing (additional) matting on mask's contents. If you turn it off it should display your original selection.

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